Review overview

Performance 9
Design 8
Price 7.5


8.2 Excellent An extremely plush and supportive shoe that stays true to the Nimbus line-up. Fans of the series won’t be disappointed, but that said you should expect to pay premium for this experience, so be wary of that.

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Note: This shoe has made our Best Running Shoes For Men guide! Be sure to check out our guide to see the years best running shoes from each brand.

The Asics GEL Nimbus 18 sits atop of Asics cushioning and neutral category, providing an extremely plush and supportive run. The 18th version has several improvements made to the upper as well as the heel gel-cushioning placement, coming together to provide an extremely bouncy ride. The price tag however may be a deterrent for certain buyers as this premium neutral trainer demands a premium retail price.

Asics GEL Nimbus 18 Performance

The upper is has been revamped and testing extensively to provide a comfortable, smooth, and snug fit around one’s foot. It’s seamless (great for sock-less runners) and breathes great thanks to the perforations made into the mesh upper. At the back, the heel counter hugs one’s foot tightly and helps keep it secure during runs. 

The sole of the GEL Nimbus 18 is where this shoe really shines, being chalk-full of various Asics cushioning and support technologies. There is an ample amount of gel cushioning packed into the shoe for shock absorption as well as a high durability outsole designed for high-mileage runs that will last without an issue. The cushioning gel-pad runs the entire length of the shoe, which is one of the reasons you experience that plush sensation throughout your entire foot-strike and not just at the heel impact. One thing to note however, these cushioning technologies do result in a added weight, as the GEL Nimbus 18 does run on the heavier end of neutral trainers, clocking in at 8.8 Oz for the women’s version.

Asics GEL Nimbus 18 Design

The look and feel of these shoes is without a doubt premium. Asics spared no expense is using the best materials possible towards both the upper as well as the sole unit. That said, the shoe itself doesn’t scream out sleekness or crazy aesthetic appeal, but you shouldn’t really be expecting that either when it comes to the GEL Nimbus line or traditional trainers. All in all, it’s one of the better looking shoes out there, and a mile above past iterations of this line.

Asics GEL Nimbus 18 Price

At an MSRP of $150, the Asics GEL Nimbus 18 is definitely on the pricier side for neutral trainers. That said, you do get premium materials and technologies for that price and the performance is definitely bar-none in terms of cushioning. As such, it can be argued that you get what you pay for, and for some individuals, price won’t be as strong a factor either. 

Shoe Info

  • Weight: Mens 10.8Oz and Womens 7.5 Oz
  • Heel-to-Toe Offset: 13mm
  • Type: Neutral + Stability
  • Terrain: Road

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